Local Development Frameworks – deadlines for responses in November

A Local Development Framework (LDF) comprises a number of documents which together make up a framework which will shape all planning decisions made by a local authority. In London, all LDFs must refer to the Mayor’s overall development strategy known as The London Plan. As King’s Cross is divided into two local authorities – Camden and Islington, planning decisions that affect our community can be made in either borough. That’s why it is important for us to keep up to date with the LDFs being drawn up by LB Camden and by LB Islington. In Camden the LDF “Core Strategy” and “Development Policies” are now in draft form and Camden is consulting on its contents, whilst they are also consulting on an LDF “Site Allocations” ‘Issues and Options’ document. In Islington the council is consulting on an ‘Issues and Options’ document which will eventually shape its draft “Core Strategy”. 

Camden consultation: deadline for your response is 20 November 2008.

Camden’s LDF contains seven documents, three of which are being consulted on now:

  • North London Joint Waste Plan
  • Site Allocations Development Plan Document. Identifies land for future development guided by the Core Strategy. It addresses Kings Cross Central on pages 13 to 15.
  • Local Development Scheme
  • Core Strategy. Sets out the key elements of Camden’s planning vision and strategy. It addresses Kings Cross Central on pages 1,2,3,7,9,10,12,15 and 16.
  • Statement of Community Involvement
  • Evidence base and monitoring
  • Development policies. Set out detailed policies Camden will use to assess planning applications. It refers to King’s Cross on pages 56, 61, 68, 70, 74, 99, 108 and 123, although much of the document is relevant as it deals with planning themes rather than specific areas.

Your comments on any or all of these documents should be sent to:
Email: ldf@camden.gov.uk
Online: www.camden.gov.uk/ldf
Post: Forward Planning
London Borough of Camden
Town Hall Extension
Argyle Street

Islington consultation: deadline for your response is 3 November 2008.

Islington is at a much earlier stage in developing its LDF. “Your Neighbourhood, Your Islington: Islington’s Core Strategy. Issues and Options” is a document giving detailed information about the borough and asking for comments on how best to take this forward. The final formal consultation will take place in Autumn 2009. It’s important to respond to the Issues and Options document now as it is our opportunity to shape the fundamental approach that will be taken in the final Core Strategy.

Issues and Options is littered with references to King’s Cross, St Pancras and Caledonian Ward which includes King’s Cross. King’s Cross is seen as central to Islington’s future development and is identified as both a key transport hub and a key local centre. As King’s Cross Central falls largely just outside of Islington’s borough boundary (in Camden), the huge impact it will have on the area of King’s Cross in Islington – arguably the most densely populated section of King’s Cross – cannot be directly addressed.

Your comments on this document should be sent to:
Email: ldf@islington.gov.uk
Online: www.islington.gov.uk/planningpolicyconsultations
Post: Core Strategy Consultation (LDF)
222 Upper Street
N1 1XR

About Sophie Talbot

Sophie runs a small business designing websites for small businesses and community groups. http://www.cookiewp.com She also manages King's Cross Community Projects http://www.kccp.org.uk
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